Celebrate Cesar Chavez Day on March 31
- Grades: 3–5
Cesar Chavez was a Mexican American leader who co-founded the National Farm Workers Association. His tireless efforts helped farm workers receive better wages and safety conditions. In several states, March 31st is recognized as a holiday. This non-violent civil rights leader is an important role model for students to learn about. His beliefs, respect, and honesty embody the character traits that serve as an excellent model for the students.
I will read Cesar's biography and as a whole class we will record notes in an outline format. The ELD students and students below grade level will write a Bio-poem. The advanced students will write a paragraph about his life. I will also have them analyze the cause and effects of his life's work.
I discuss the significance of the United Farm Workers slogan "Si se puede", which means, "Yes it can be done." Students create "Si se puede" posters, representing what freedom means to them. They present their freedom posters to the students and discuss the everyday freedoms we have that they are grateful for.
I pin up Cesar's poster on the bulletin board with the Si se puede slogans. Students write an "I can do it" poem that embodies all of the character traits represented by Cesar. I am, I will, I can, I strive, I believe....and so on. I have students go outside with their clipboards and sit in a spot to reflect about their lives. Students write their poems, type them, and then I pin them on the bulletin board.